The hourlong show was rife with confrontational catch phrases –“watch your back, I got mine”; “makes me want to stick my fist through your face”; “hey you, headless, why’d you screw us?”– many of which appear to be aimed at Reznor, with whom the main duo now have a strained relationship.
If the attitude isn’t always backed by conviction, the large and enthusiastic audience was buying anyway. The scene in front of the stage was mayhem, dominated by mostly crazed males who turned the pit into a violent cauldron of flying fists and swinging arms.
Opener Everclear, on the other hand, had lots of convincing intensity but often lacked the follow-through necessary to make a memorable impact. Tracks from the trio’s two Capitol albums were full of thumpin’ grooves and hard-hitting, gruff lyrics — courtesy of frontman Art Alexakis — but a number of the band’s songs were unintelligible from another, lessening the impact.